New cluster detected in Sabah


PETALING JAYA: A new Covid-19 cluster called Selamat has emerged in Sabah after a local was found to have contracted the virus in Semporna, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“The new cluster involves a 32-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept 14 following screening at Hospital Tawau, where she was admitted for a premature delivery procedure.

“Following screening of close contacts and active case detection, another positive case was detected involving a medical officer who had treated the index case,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that 118 individuals had been screened so far, with 116 awaiting results.

The latest case in Tawau brings the total number of infections in this Sabah district to 332.

On the overall situation in Sabah, Dr Noor Hisham said five new cases were detected.

Apart from the Selamat cluster, a local and a foreigner were found to have contracted the virus traced to the Benteng Lahad Datu cluster, which had so far recorded 142 cases.

“Through screening, a local signing off from the Sipitang Port and another local returning from China were found to be positive for the virus,” Dr Noor Hisham added.

Meanwhile, of the latest 21 new cases recorded yesterday, he said six cases were detected from

the Sungai cluster in Kedah involving locals, bringing the number of total infections in this group to 64 cases.

The Sungai cluster started with an infected healthcare worker at a private medical centre.

In Penang, two cases involving family members of Case 9,397 related to the cluster tested positive for the virus, while another case involving a local in Selangor was detected following screening at Sungai Buloh Hospital.

Dr Noor Hisham said a case involving a local was also detected following screening at an international entry point into Sarawak.

On the total 21 cases, he said 15 involved locals while six were foreigners.

Five were imported cases – two from New Zealand and one each from China, India and Pakistan.

This brings the total number of cumulative cases to 10,052, with 674 active cases in the country.

No new deaths were reported and the death toll remains at 128 or 1.27% of the total number of cases.

Dr Noor Hisham also said 13 Covid-19 patients were being treated in the intensive care unit, while two were on ventilators.

He added that another 15 patients had fully recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 9,250 cases or 92.02% so far.

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